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AMUSEMENT PARK ROCKET RIDE - YONEYA - JAPANYoneya have used their Jumping Rockets pressing to create this rocket amusement ride. The lithographed tin wind up ride consists of a square tower with a beam fitted to the top. Two rockets with vinyl pilot heads rotate around the tower. See the Super Rocket Ride variation of this toy. 21cm high. Date?
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ASTRONAUT ORBIT WITH 3 MERCURY CAPSULES - ATC - JAPANLithographed tinplate lever action amusement ride carousel with three 3 tin Mercury capsules attached to the canopy by wires. Blue base, central girder tower and a yellow tin canopy. The space capsules are fitted with large celluloid propellors which turn when the toy runs.

Asahi Toy company. Similar to the SPACE CAPSULE CARROUSEL
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CONEY ISLAND ROCKET RIDE - ALPS - JAPANA light blue lithographed tn battery operated fairground ride. Circa 1960. Two red, yellow and blue rockets are on either side of a central beam and spin and light as they twirl around the tripod mounted tower. A bell rings. See also the Twirly Whirly variation.

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EIFFEL TOWER SPACE TOY - JAPAN 1950sTin wind up tower on base depicting Paris scenes. Control box with people looking out. Silver satellite at the top. The tower rotates. This may have had airplanes attached. See the Tokyo Tower version of this toy.
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KIDDY CITY AMUSEMENT PARK - ATC - JAPANTin lever action carousel ride with three space rockets numbered SR 1, SR 2 and SR 3. Rockets have celluloid propellor spinners attached. Bell. Red base, central girder tower and a tin canopy. Based on the ATC carousel chassis with different rides to suit the latest developments. Asahi Toy Company Japan 1960s
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MECHANICAL ROCKET RIDE #400 - CHEIN - USAA tall 18" brightly lithographed tin wind up carousel with rockets. The tall, slender toy has a red tin base, solid hexagonal tower, blue canopy. Four vintage fairground style style rockets each hang from a pair of wires. The rockets, two red and two blue, each carry two passengers. Each rocket has a celluloid propellor which turns when the toy runs. Wind up action. Sold in a brown box with minimal graphics. USA

First sighted in Read's Christmas Catalog for 1952.

This toy has been reproduced.
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MONDFAHRT MOON-FLIGHT FAIRGROUND RIDE - ZJG SCH - WEST GERMANYRed, blue and yellow lithographed plastic and tinplate wind up fairground ride. Circular base with station and space scene. Five space cars orbit with a rising and falling action. Maker: Z J G SCH (Western Germany)
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MUSICAL MECHANICAL SPACE RIDE #265 - CHEIN - USAA 9" tall light blue lithographed tin lever action space carousel ride with three rockets. This carousel has a round base, a round central cylindrical column and a domed canopy, all with copious early style rocket and space decoration. Four vintage fairground style rockets with different litho detailing, each hang from a stout metal rod. Litho rider detail. The toy uses a simple spring activated lever. It actually rotates very fast with centrifugal force pulling the ships nearly horizontal. As the canopy rotates it generates an ascending scale of three different plinking sounds; each is slightly higher in tone than the previous. It then repeats. This is the "musical" part of the toy.

Note: only confirmed with four rockets. A version with three rockets has been seen but may have been adjusted to compensate for a missing rocket.
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RIDE-A-ROCKET ROCKET RIDE #260 - CHEIN - USAA reworking of Chein's Space Ride #265 with the emphasis on a carnival clown theme rather than space. 9" light blue lithographed tin lever action space carousel ride with four rockets. This carousel has a round base, a round central cylindrical column and a domed canopy, all covered in fairground images. Four vintage fairground style rockets with different litho detailing, each hangs from a metal rod. Litho rider detail. The toy uses a simple spring activated lever. The musical component is a simple plin-plonk noise.
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RUND UM DIE WELD AROUND THE WORLD - WEST GERMANYTinplate wind up fairground ride. Three plastic rockets or space cars circle around a tin globe. Bright lithography. Made by Ges Gesch Schopper probably in the 1950s.
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SPACE CAPSULE CARROUSEL - ATC - JAPANLithographed tinplate lever action amusement ride carousel with three 3 tin Mercury capsules attached to the canopy by wires. Blue base, central girder tower and a tin canopy. Asahi Toy company.
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SPACE MERRY-GO-ROUND WITH SPACE CAPSULES - ATC - JAPANLithographed tinplate lever action amusement ride carousel with three 3 tin Mercury capsules attached to the canopy by wires. Bell. Blue base, central girder tower and a yellow tin canopy. The space capsules are fitted with large celluloid propellors which turn when the toy runs.

Asahi Toy Company. Virtually identical to the Space Capsule Carousel version but without a flag.
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SPACE ROCKET RIDE - BLOMER AND SCHULER - WEST GERMANYTin windup carousel roundabout ride with four rockets. Litho detailing of a fairground. Each rocket has a different color and carries one or two passengers. Box carries no title. Wind up rise and fall action as the arms holding the rockets move over an undulating tin base. Elephant logo, West Germany 1950s
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SUPER ROCKET RIDE - YONE - JAPANAnother outing for Yoneya's Jumping Rockets pressing to create this variation of the rocket amusement ride.
The lithographed tin wind up ride consists of two rockets with vinyl headed pilots rotating vertically rather than horizontally. See the Amusement Park Rocket Ride. Better Picture?
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TOKYO TOWER SPACE TOY - JAPAN 1950sTin wind up tower on base. Control box with people looking out. Blue satellite at the top. The tower rotates. Two airplanes orbit the tower. See the Eiffel Tower version of this toy. The colors of the tower (both versions) are specifically those of the Tokyo Tower so it is probable that it was designed as a Tokyo souvenir then reworked for the west. Maker? Box?
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TWIRLY WHIRLY ROCKET RIDE - ALPS 1957Tin battery op fairground ride with spinning capsules. 13.5. Rockets spin & light as they rise. Bell. 1957
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TWIRLY WHIRLY ROCKET RIDE - ALPS - JAPANA light blue lithographed tn battery operated fairground ride. Circa 1960. Two red, yellow and blue rockets are on either side of a central beam and spin and light as they twirl around the tripod mounted tower. A bell rings. See also the Coney Island variation.

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VOYAGE A LA LUNE - JOUSTRA - FRANCETin wind up space ride with three rockets orbiting the Moon on a blue lithographed base. Eccentric movement of the Moon allows the rockets to rise and fall as they orbit. Chains hold the rockets in position. French 1950s
   
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